Our Team

Cathy DeGraff, Executive Director

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Kaylee Hanson, NLA Enrollment Manager

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Board of Directors

Tommy Spaulding, NLA Founder
Founder & President Spaulding Leadership Institute

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Tommy Spaulding, president of Spaulding Leadership Institute, is the founder of the National Leadership Academy. Tommy is a world renowned leadership and inspirational speaker and best-selling author. His first book, It’s Not Just Who You Know, became a #2 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and #1 USA Today national bestseller. Tommy’s second book, The Heart-Led Leader is a New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal national bestseller.

Tommy was the youngest president and CEO of the world-renowned leadership organization, Up with People. He also founded Leader’s Challenge, which grew to become the largest high school civic and leadership program in the state of Colorado. In addition, Tommy has an extensive business background and has received many awards and accolades, such as: Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, Denver Business Journal’s “Forty under 40” Award, East Carolina University’s “Outstanding Alumni” Award, and in September 2012, Spaulding was named by Meetings & Conventions Magazine as one of the BEST KEYNOTE SPEAKERS in the nation.

Tommy is passionate about building tomorrow’s leaders by making service and heart-led leadership crucial components of the National Leadership Academy. He is the epitome of servant leadership in action. Thousands of young lives are changed each year as a result of his dedication and commitment to the next generation of world-changers.

Frank De Angelis
Former Principal, Columbine High School

Frank De Angelis is an educator that has excelled in leadership. He retired in June 2014 after 35 years at Columbine High School. Frank began his career as a teacher and coach at Columbine and – during his tenure – was the principal at the time of the Columbine School shooting tragedy.

Frank has earned multiple awards for teaching, leadership, and coaching. He was selected Colorado High School Principal of the Year and was one of three finalists for the National Principal of the Year. He recently received the Jefferson Country Lifetime Achievement Award and the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Award.

Frank brings a passion and knowledge for excellence in education and leading with love to the participants and staff of the Academy.

Scott Bemis
Director, Business and Community Partnerships, EKS&H

Scott has more than 30 years of experience building relationships and developing partnerships while leading publications for the American City Business Journals. Most recently, he served as the president and publisher for the Denver Business Journal – a position he held since 1996.

Scott is involved in the community with organizations like the Downtown Denver Partnership, Junior Achievement, and Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Scott provides a wealth of experience and a passion for building the next generation of leaders!